10 things in tech you need to know today

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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a radical change to the way the social network will work, with the firm moving towards auto-encryption and deletion for messages by default. Facebook will also refuse to store user data in countries with records of human rights abuses, even if it means Facebook’s services are banned as a result.
Sceptics including journalists and former Facebook workers were quick to point out the difficulties of Zuckerberg’s mission. Many asked how Facebook would continue making vast amounts of advertising money from the free flow of information, if it becomes a privacy-focused platform.
At least three female Snap employees were reportedly given bumper severance deals last year after staff complained that a round of layoffs disproportionately affected women. Employees raised their concerns in a letter and Snap agreed to compensate the three women over and above their severance deals.
Amazon is closing all 87 of its pop-up stores, and reportedly laying off all employees. The retailer will instead expand its Amazon 4-star and books concepts.
A new study has found that self-driving vehicles may have a harder time detecting people with dark skin. On average, the image-detection systems were 5% less accurate at detecting dark-skinned pedestrians.
Samsung is said to be working to address a flaw in the Galaxy Fold’s screen that results in a crease after the phone has been folded about 10,000 times. The company is reportedly considering offering free screen replacements to Galaxy Fold buyers after the device launches.
Steam, the most popular platform for PC gaming, will no longer release “Rape Day,” a controversial video game from the indie developer Desk Plant centered around committing sexual violence against women. While the game was viewable in the Steam store for weeks …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Michael Jackson’s music has been banned from some radio stations around the world amid backlash over the ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary

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Radio stations from around the globe have banned Michael Jackson’s music.
The move follows the release of the HBO documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” which aired Sunday and contains disturbing allegations of child sexual misconduct at the hands of the singer.
Dozens of stations in Canada and New Zealand, including the public broadcaster, RNZ, pulled the music following backlash over the film.
Jackson faced similar misconduct allegations before his death in 2009. His estate has criticized “Leaving Neverland” as “an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.”

Radio stations from around the globe have banned Michael Jackson’s music following the release of the four-hour HBO documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” which contains disturbing allegations of child sexual abuse at the hands of the Thriller singer.

The film chronicles allegations from two men who claim they were groomed and sexually abused at the hands of the singer when they were children.

New Zealand’s public broadcaster, RNZ, said on Wednesday that it does not currently play Jackson’s music as part of its regular rotation. Several of its competitors, including MediaWorks which runs nine major commercial stations in the country, also confirmed that Jackson’s music was pulled from all its stations as “a reflection of our audiences and their preferences.”

Three major Canadian stations have also taken Jackson’s music off the air. Cogeco Media, which owns the three large stations as well as 23 smaller stations in the country, told Variety: “We are attentive to the comments of our listeners, and the documentary released on Sunday evening created reactions.”

“We prefer to observe the situation by removing the songs from our stations, for the time being.”

Reports indicated that other large broadcasters, including BBC2 Radio, had banned Michael Jackson’s music, though a representative for the station told Variety that the BBC doesn’t ban artists. “We …read more

Source:: Business Insider


This tiny gaming startup built a simulation engine that can handle a 10,000-player battle royale

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British tech startup Hadean has built a simulation engine that it says could handle a battle royale-style fight with 10,000 concurrent players.
It will put its Aether Engine to the test in March to hold a massive space fight with 10,000 players.
The company has just raised $9.1 million to build out its “operating system for the cloud.”
The company says its software has much bigger applications than gaming, and could help developers write and ship applications at scale and aid medical research.

British startup Hadean claims to have created a new simulation engine that would allow thousands of gamers to participate in a battle royale-style fight simultaneously.

Hadean will put its Aether Engine to the test on 9 March, and has partnered with Eve Online maker CCP Games to host a massive space fight involving 10,000 players.

The company has posted a demo of a 10,000-person dogfight on YouTube, though some of the footage is rendered:

CCP Games currently holds the record for the largest number of players in a single battle, at 6,142 players through EVE Online.

Underlying Aether Engine is Hadean’s core product, a cloud operating system called HadeanOS. Aether Engine isn’t a game engine to rival Unity or Unreal, but plugs into these third-party engines and handles the simulation side of games. Game engines handle the graphics side, among other functions.

Read more: High-flying gaming startups Unity and Improbable have ended their feud peacefully after a very public battle that involved the creator of ‘Fortnite’

Some of this may sound familiar given rival UK startup Improbable offers SpatialOS, another platform for running huge simulated worlds. Improbable is backed by SoftBank, has partnered with Chinese gaming giant NetEase, and has at least one deal with the US military. But the startup ran into some trouble in January after gaming engine provider Unity complained that …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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